When he was a Red Raider in Junior Bulldogs, Kurt Wermers played quarterback. That's the spot most youngsters want to play.
"Every kid wants to score a touchdown," Wermers said. "Nobody knows who an offensive lineman is."
Well, today people around Indiana know who the 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman is. He was named the top offensive lineman in the Indiana Mr. Football Position Awards. Two weeks ago Wermers was named a participant in the O-D All-American Bowl, which will be played at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
"This is unbelievable," Wermers said on Saturday night when hearing of his latest award. "Everything that's happened, it's just wow. It's not a position that's usually in the limelight."
The Indiana Mr. Football Award began in 1992, with the Position Awards added in 1999. Wermers is the first Crown Point player to be named at the top of the list.
The other state position winners were Evansville Reitz's Paul McIntosh (quarterback), Plainfield's Nelson Hurst (tight end), Carmel's Jordan Brewer (wide receiver), Franklin Central's Darius Willis (running back), Hamilton Southeastern's Nick Sliger (defensive line), Carmel's Connor O'Banion (linebacker), Fort Wayne Dwenger's John Goodman (defensive back), Mooresville's Trent Mossbrucker (kicker) and East Central's Kyle Pettit (punter).
Lowell's Jeff Barker finished second at the defensive line position. All nominees for Mr. Football and the Position Awards came from the Indiana Football Coaches Association's all-state teams.
"It's definitely a shock to me, I didn't even know about it," Barker said. "But it feels good. It's been a long three years of playing football. I guess all my hard work and dedication paid off."